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Native child adoptions, court hearings and in-person family visitations are some of the things grinding to a halt because of efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus. Many child welfare advocates are also worried that states may use the current confusion to withhold information important to adequately assessing cases where the Indian Child Welfare Act may apply. We’ll check in with the National Indian Child Welfare Association on suggestions they are providing for tribal child welfare agencies, attorneys and individuals about how to navigate the new normal of COVID-19 restrictions.
David Simmons – director of government affairs and advocacy for the National Indian Child Welfare Association
Angela Connor (Choctaw) – director of foster care and adoption for Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and vice president of National Indian Child Welfare Association
Break 1 music: Intertribal Song (song) Dakota Nation (artist) Home Of The Champions (album)
Break 2 music: Native Superstars (song) Corey Allison (artist) Ecliptic Sessions (album)